Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, June 08, 2011)
Word of the Day

cultivator

Definition:(noun) Someone concerned with the science or art or business of cultivating the soil.
Synonyms:agriculturalist, grower, raiser
Usage: He soon became a land-holder, then a prosperous cultivator of the soil, and shortly after a town-officer.
Article of the Day

Taxidermy

Taxidermy is the process of skinning, preserving, and mounting dead vertebrate animals so that they appear lifelike. It began with the ancient custom of keeping skins and hunting trophies. By the 19th century, hunters were having upholsterers sew up animal skins and stuff them with rags and cotton. The term "stuffed animal" evolved from this crude form of taxidermy. Modern taxidermy involves constructing and sculpting anatomically correct manikins of clay and plaster. What is rogue taxidermy? More...
This Day in History

US Postal Service's First and Only Delivery of "Missile Mail" (1959)

In 1959, the US Navy assisted the US Post Office Department—predecessor of today's US Postal Service—in its search for a faster form of mail transportation. The USPS tried its first and only delivery of "missile mail" when a Navy submarine fired a guided cruise missile containing 3,000 pieces of mail off the Florida coast. Twenty-two minutes later, the missile landed at a naval station in Mayport, Florida. What bold claims did the postmaster general make about missile mail at the time? More...
Today's Birthday

Lena Baker (1901)

Baker was an African-American maid who was executed for murder by the State of Georgia in 1945 for killing her employer, Ernest Knight. The only woman ever executed by electrocution in Georgia, Baker was fully pardoned 60 years after her death. At her trial, she claimed that Knight had imprisoned her and threatened to shoot her if she attempted to leave, so she had taken his gun and shot him in self defense. Her trial was presided over by Judge William "Two Gun" Worrill and lasted how long? More...
Quotation of the Day
In a time of turbulence and change, it is more true than ever that knowledge is power.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Idiom of the Day

abstract idea

An idea or thought that is intangible or outside the constraints or possibilities of the real world. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Médardus's Day

St. Médardus, or Médard, who lived from about 470 to 560, was the bishop of Vermandois, Noyon, and Tournai in France. Because he was the patron saint of farmers and good weather, he has come to play a role in weather lore similar to that of the English St. Swithin. In Belgium, he is known as the rain saint, and there is an old folk rhyme that says, "If it rains on St. Médard's Day, it will rain for 40 days." More...
In the News

Antimatter Atoms Trapped for 1,000 Seconds

Last year, scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) made headlines when, for the first time, they managed to trap antimatter atoms for a fraction of a second. Since then, scientists have taken another major step forward in the study of antimatter, trapping antihydrogen atoms for more than 15 minutes. This allows enough time for the antihydrogen atoms to transition to the relaxed state that scientists hope to study before the collision with normal matter results in the antimatter's annihilation. More...
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